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Oct 11, 2014 20:42 |  #1

I was helping my neighbor at his home when we saw a hawk fly into one of my Azaleas going after something. I thought nothing of it because it was noon and the sunlight was harsh. After a few minutes I decided to go and get the camera and just see what it does.

It turned out to be one of the most cooperative Sharp-shinned Hawks I've ever photographed (it being young probably helped because it didn't know any better). It was also soaking because it had just got done raining.

On my front porch after leaving the Azalea.

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Why not try for a portrait.

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It moved to my bird garden and looked a bit miffed it missed the small bird.

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Foot cramp.

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It then moved to my deck before flying off into my neighbors yard.

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Oct 11, 2014 21:16 |  #2

Awesome job Duane. If it wasn't for the bricks for a size comparison and the softer facial features it would be very hard to tell from a Cooper's. I do know that there is more leg skin shown in the Sharpies also.


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Oct 11, 2014 21:17 |  #3

Nice, but it is a Cooper's hawk


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Oct 11, 2014 21:26 |  #4

sweet shots


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Oct 12, 2014 02:14 |  #5

Excellent captures Duane. I've seen it 3 times for the last 4 yrs in our backyard since then I am always in the look out.


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Oct 12, 2014 03:32 |  #6

A great set Duane, well done.


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Oct 12, 2014 04:04 |  #7

Thank you everyone for the comments.

peregrineflier wrote in post #17207852 (external link)
Nice, but it is a Cooper's hawk

Dammit....I was pretty confident I had this ID correct....lol.

Please, please explain why this is a Coopers. I was going by the relative size of the hawk and how it looked as if it didn't have a neck (not as lengthy as a Coopers, Sharpies tend to look more stocky). I did have a pair of Coopers that nested in my neighbors yard this year and 3 fledged the nest (4-5 last year). I also know the younger ones are harder to identify so any input on how you ID'd it would be appreciated.

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Oct 12, 2014 05:05 |  #8

Duane, I checked it out in my Sibley guide. Large head and thin, non-barred streaks on body are all Cooper's pointers. Given the size then this is a male.


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Oct 12, 2014 05:48 |  #9

Your last shot in the original set holds another important ID indicator, the tail edge is curved.

Regardless these are great shots, the poses are very unusual and really show amazing details. And WoW that portrait is sharp! Great stuff Duane.


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Oct 12, 2014 05:52 |  #10

Great shots of a HAWK! That's what I know:)


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Oct 12, 2014 08:08 |  #11

Great shots, Duane; I'm no expert, but I thought Cooper's as well; the third photo shows leg bones that appear fairly more substantial than on a sharp-shinned.
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Oct 12, 2014 08:51 |  #12

Beauties Duane! Great job.


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Oct 12, 2014 10:29 as a reply to  @ Grizz's post |  #13

Thanks again everyone. I'm learning and why I continue with this hobby....something new each day.


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Oct 12, 2014 14:33 |  #14

ardeekay wrote in post #17208297 (external link)
Great shots of a HAWK! That's what I know:)

And I couldn't agree more!


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Oct 12, 2014 14:55 as a reply to  @ SJC from VT's post |  #15

Great natural looking shots, unique each one. Very nice, Duane.


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